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Mohave County loses 6 residents to COVID=19

KINGMAN – Six more Mohave County residents have died from complications of COVID-19, and another 91 county residents have been infected with the virus, the Mohave County Department of Public Health reported on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

The deaths, all older adults, included a resident of the Kingman medical service area in the 80-89 age range. The Bullhead City service area suffered four deaths, including two patients age 70-79 and one each age 60-69 and 80-89. The Lake Havasu City service area lost a resident in the 60-69 age range.

The deaths raise the toll in the county to 241 since the beginning of the pandemic, and they come during a spike in cases in the county that mimic state and national trends.

Of the 81 new cases, there were 55 in the expansive Kingman service area, including 18 in the more-vulnerable age groups over age 60. There were eight cases age 60-69, six age 80-89 and four age 70-79. The other local cases included nine each age 20-29 and 40-49, eight age 30-39, five age 11-19, four age 50-59 and two age 0-10.

There were also 17 new confirmed cases in the Bullhead City service area, which includes Fort Mohave, and 19 cases in the Lake Havasu City service area.

The county has experienced a dramatic surge in cases, with 355 reported between Monday, Nov. 23 and Wednesday, Nov. 25.

County health officials recorded 540 new cases of the virus and five deaths between Monday, Nov. 16 and Friday, Nov. 20, the most in a single week for Mohave County. The previous high-water mark was 451 cases and 456 cases in consecutive weeks in early July.

That compares to 315 new cases and five deaths recorded countywide between Monday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 13, and 270 new cases and one death in the five days ending Friday, Nov. 6. There were 148 cases reported by the county in the five days ending Friday Oct. 30, and 91 cases and one death in the five days ending Friday, Oct. 23. The county no longer updates the public on new COVID-19 cases on Saturdays and Sundays, and no updates are planned for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.

During the past month, as cases rose, COVID-19 safety measures were loosened locally. Kingman City Council rescinded a mandate requiring face masks to be worn in businesses in the city. Mohave County stopped requiring masks inside county-owned buildings, rescinded the official public health emergency proclamation, and lowered the fines against businesses that don’t comply with coronavirus safety measures in Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive orders.

County health officials have logged 5,689 coronavirus cases since the first was reported on March 24, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has logged 5,968 cases in the county. The county has counted 241 deaths, while the state reports 258.

According to the county’s tabulations, Bullhead City has suffered the most of the county’s medical service areas with 86 deaths, followed by Kingman with 60, Lake Havasu City with 55 and Fort Mohave with 13. The locations of another 27 deaths are not specified on the county website.

Broken down by cities and communities, the county has recorded 1,631 cases for Lake Havasu City, 1,585 cases for Bullhead City, 1,035 for Kingman, 467 for Fort Mohave, 275 for Mohave Valley, 163 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield and 176 for Golden Valley. The locations of another 354 cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 76 years, while the age of the average patient is 47.7 years. The case fatality rate in the county is 4%, meaning one out of every 25 individuals who has contracted the virus has died. Approximately 2.7% of Mohave County residents have been infected. A majority of those infected – 52% – have been age 49 or younger.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 4,435 residents have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Wednesday, Nov. 25, there were 115 new cases of the virus in the county from 402 tests for a positivity rate of 29%.

The positivity rate in the county was 8% (58/725) on Wednesday, Nov. 18; 27% (153/573) on Thursday, Nov. 19; 21% (111/530) on Friday, Nov. 20; 8% (47/611) on Saturday, Nov. 21; 1% (3/354) on Sunday, Nov. 22; 51% (165/326) on Monday, Nov. 23; and 8% (45/593) on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 50,322 tests have been conducted on county residents, according to AZDHS. Of the 43,592 diagnostic tests for the actual virus, 7.2% have been positive. Of the 6,730 serology tests conducted on county residents, which detect only if the individual had the virus in the past, 5.5% have returned positive.

Statewide on Thursday, Nov. 26, AZDHS was reporting 44 new deaths from complications of COVID-19, and 3,474 new cases from 22,861 tests for a positivity rate of 15%. More than 314,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 6,568 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 12.8 million confirmed cases and 262,849 deaths on Thursday, Nov. 26. The U.S. has experienced about one-fifth of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 1,427,822 deaths from nearly 61 million confirmed cases on Thursday, Nov. 26.

The Kingman service area includes Kingman, New-Kingman/Butler, Chloride, Valentine, Meadview, Wikieup, Yucca, White Hills, Hackberry, Peach Springs, Dolan Springs, Golden Valley, Hualapai tribal areas, Oatman and Valle Vista.

To curtail virus spread, public health officials recommend maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others, washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and wearing a face covering in public when social distancing isn’t possible.

For some patients, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, or no symptoms at all. For others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Some individuals with the virus exhibit no symptoms, but are still capable of transmitting the disease.

Face coverings are no longer required in businesses in Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City by municipal proclamations, but many individual businesses still require masks. Face coverings are also required inside buildings owned by the City of Kingman and Kingman Regional Medical Center.

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